Poppe Up! – Friday, January 31

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It’s a mere two days until pop sensation Bruno Mars takes the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime stage, for a highly anticipated performance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. So, we wonder – who holds the title of Favorite Super Bowl Halftime Performer, for you?:

JT Landry: Beyonce. …wait, were you waiting for a reason? …do you need one? Didn’t think so.

Molly Gentry: The first performance that came to mind when I read this question (other than the obvious Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake fiasco) was the ‘NSYNC, Britney Spears and Aerosmith show from 2001. Of course there were other performers like Nelly and Mary J. Blige (who seems to perform at a plethora of major sporting events, am I wrong?) but these three acts had it all, and that was enough for me.

This particular halftime show was produced by MTV (obviously) and, I feel, catered specifically to me. We had the golden couple of Justin and Brit-Brit on stage TOGETHER, so much denim and pleather, choreographed dancing, and Steven Tyler who is one of the hottest old men I’ve ever seen, still to this day. #NoShame

One question I have now, though, is why did it take almost 7 minutes for Britney Spears to show up? Why were they hiding her and why did they only let her sing “Walk This Way” with everyone else? Other than that, it was flawless.

(Honorable mention goes to The Who from 2010.)

Brooke Rousch: I think I have to go with the 2001 SuperBowl…there was just so much to love: Aerosmith, Britney Spears, *NSync, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige.  This selection is probably heavily influenced by my recent infatuation with the *NSync Pandora station.  The Beyonce / blackout year is a very close runner-up.  This all could change after Sunday, because I do love Bruno Mars!

Haley Bragg: Miss Jackson, if you’re nasty. Yes, JT, Beyonce (with Destiny’s Child) was the sh*****t. Yes, Molly and Brooke, GOOD CALL. Yes, Jen, I knew you were going to say that. But guys – what performance are we still talking about TEN years later? That’s right. Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and that blasted wardrobe malfunction (and P. Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock – I can’t decide if I think they love or hate being left out of the conversation.) Performance wise, it was GREAT. But the domino effect it’s had on pop culture as we know it, is fascinating. It led to the invention of YouTube, Facebook capitalized on the controversy by launching within 3 days of the performance, “Janet Jackson” became the most searched term, event or image in Internet history. {source} And I won’t even go into the effects it’s had on media censoring or current levels of acceptance of decency (or indecency, as you will) with pop stars. May I rest my case?

Jen Clapp: PRINCE. Right?!? Is there any other contender? I mean, sure, some people say there was the part where his guitar was seemingly compensating for something, but let’s be honest – of all the rock-god guitar players, are there any that aren’t? Yeah. yeeeeaahhhh. Prince sang Purple Rain and it rained. AND IT RAINED. That has to count for something. Also, everyone on that stage was in platforms. In the rain! THAT has to count for something. ALSO, his halftime show is consistently rated in Top 10 – and even Top 5 – lists. The man is a FORCE. I mean.     I mean.     I mean.     I MEAN.

Video here (sorry, I can’t find a way to embed this): PRINCE in 2007

Also, it should be noted that Prince will appear in Sunday’s episode of New Girl immediately following the Super Bowl, as was adorably pointed out by Grantland’s Rembert Brown (and immediately RT’d by me).

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